Microtransactions are small purchases made with real currency within a game. They feature most prominently within free-to-play titles as the primary business model. Microtransactions are often used to purchase in-game currency, which can unlock various in-game boosts to save time or unlocks.
Microtransactions differ from downloadable content in that they are not used to purchase additional content.
Microtransactions can be used to purchase Gems. Gems act as an alternative to Mythril, Conversion rates vary as follows:
- In a featured Relic Draw, 60 Gems may replace one Mythril stone for any difference between 50 stones and the player's current stock if it is below 50, via the following formula:
- $ GemsNeeded=60*(50-PlayerMythril) $
- The result is consumed along with any Mythril in the draw.
- For all other tasks, such as reviving a KO'd party and restoring spent Stamina, 100 Gems may replace one Mythril stone.
Microtransactions account for a significant portion of activities outside the main game, being available across a series of shops. The game periodically offers bundles of equipment, items, or lapis, for example, that can be purchased with real-world currencies.
Within the game it is possible to buy Gil with real currency. Gil can then be used to buy Crystals that allow the user to play a match (one per Crystal). For both Gil and Crystals there are four options of increasing cost for a better trade ratio; in other words, the more one pays at once and the more bonus in Gil or Crystals will receive.